Risk Management Unit - Services to NGOs

All together for a better tomorrow

All together for a better tomorrow


The Risk Management Unit provides tailored risk management services to NGOs, upon request.  The RMU has developed simple guidelines in English and Somali to introduce NGO users to these services 

These services include:

An NGO can request the RMU to conduct reviews of, and assess its due diligence processes with a view to identify inherent risks, strengths and weaknesses and advise on areas that require improvement to minimizing NGOs risk exposure.

The RMU uses two modalities in offering its Risk Management Training; In-Class Training and Online Training. This course is designed for staff members of NGOs, and especially those who are responsible for implementing Risk Management processes at all levels of an organization with operations in Somalia. 

In-Class training  - a one day in-class introductory course on basics of risk management.  This training provides participants with basics of risk management principles and processes. 

Online Training -  a 5-module e-learning tool which enables participants to learn at their own pace and monitor their learning progress.  A certificate of completion is issued to a participant on successful completion of the Risk Management online course.

The RMU’s role in this process is to facilitate, design and promote the adoption of common Risk Management standards between UN Somalia and its partners.  The RMU promotes the adoption of the risk standards across the aid community through sensitization with a view to improving stakeholder appreciation of the standards and their roles and responsibilities.  The RMU also proactively designs common risk management approaches based on needs and requirements of the aid community in Somalia.  The tools are subjected to critique by the two risk working groups; UN Risk Working Group (RWG) and Multi Party Risk Working Group (MPRWG) . While the RWG is internal to the UN, the MPRWG brings together risk focal points from the donor community, NGOs, the World Bank and the UN.

Best practices can be shared through a refined understanding of the work undertaken by various organizations. This helps in avoiding duplication among practitioners, promoting better stewardship of donor resources, improving knowledge management and creating awareness on risk management standards for robust compliance. Ultimately, there is better programming when there is a shared understanding of the risk, opportunities and risk management options in Somalia.

The RMU engages in a systematic and in-depth dialogue with NGOs to share information based on principles of reciprocity and due regard for confidentiality.  Care is taken to ensure that both the RMU and NGO partners benefit from the information sharing processes.

The RMU is now offering a new service focused on the assessment of specific projects or interventions for implementation in Somalia.  This service is designed to complement an organization's project procedures and provide an additional degree of quality assurance.


Tools and Products for NGOs


As part of the RMU’s mandate and in the interest of promoting best practice, the RMU has developed a risk management guidance document in consultation with NGOs in Somalia. 


Risk Management Guidance for NGOs

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The purpose of the document is to provide a step-by-step approach to guide NGOs in developing a risk management framework/policy and to enable them to identify, assess, monitor and effectively manage risks in respective organizations.  The RMU encourages NGOs to customize this document to suit their individual organization’s needs. The guidance document is available in English and in Somali.
download [English] - [Somali]



Information Management - Differentiating between Facts, Opinion, Rumors, Theories

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download [English] - [Somali]







For enquiries and/or support, please send an email to ngoenquiries.rmu.so@one.un.org